WHO ending hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID

Elias Hubbard
July 5, 2020

In April, the World Health Organization responded to Taiwan's allegations by saying, "We have asked how they communicated this to us, because we are only aware of that one email that makes no mention of human-to-human transmission, but they haven't replied".

The World Health Organisation (WHO) called Friday on countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to "wake up" to the realities on the ground instead of bickering about them, and to "take control".

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference on Monday their team will work on trying to understand how the virus began and prepare for the future. It indicated that it was the WHO country office in China that notified the organisation of contact of a case of "viral pneumonia" on December 31, after having found a declaration for the media on a Wuhan health commission website. The team will investigate the source of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the American weekly news magazine The Washington Examiner, WHO changed the official timeline on their website removing the information about China reporting "a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan".

The Trump administration has cut funding to the EcoHealth Alliance, one of the few worldwide groups working with Chinese researchers to better understand coronaviruses. China informed World Health Organization on January 3.

As per rules, countries have to inform WHO about a potential health threat within 24 to 48 hours.

"I think it's quite widespread", Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing held by the United Nations journalists' association ACANU in Geneva.

The UN health body has been accused by US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem the pandemic and of being complacent towards Beijing, charges it denies.

On a related note, Ryan urged countries on Friday to contain the virus' spread.

"People need to wake up".

"There are good economic reasons that the countries need to bring their economies back online", he said. "The problem will not magically go away". Dr. Michael Ryan said the world will be much better at fighting a second wave, if people can learn the lessons of fighting the first wave.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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